Traversal: Networking

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With that, the AI’s representation flickered and was replaced by a map immediately familiar to Harking. The chaotic, bifurcating clump of nodes and hubs was the pseudo-random arrangement of the Interlink, a galaxy-spanning distributed processing and communications network.

The Interlink encompassed tens of thousands of disparate points, covering nearly a third of explored space, and while it was far from the largest of such technologies, it was the only one that most factions trusted.

“It is known to This One that many mapped nodes on the Galactic Information Exchange Interlink are either misrepresented or on the whole entirely fictitious. This naturally indicates that some are hidden from public view – like these.”

This One appeared beside it and gestured. Harking estimated that half the map disappeared outright, while new paths and branches appeared where previously there had been none.

“Many of these nodes are abandoned or damaged. However, some are still functional – and hold restricted data.”

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  1. Avatar Jim Stitzel

    Kickass. This has some excellent potential.

  2. Avatar Pyropunk 51 (PPP LoA)

    I like it. making the connection between the Interlink and the jump points. is something sinister going on with these nodes, I wonder? hm. off to ponder

  3. Avatar Jim Stitzel

    Just for the record, I haven’t forgotten about this. It’s just… December.

    Yeah…

  4. Avatar HSAR

    I wasn’t going to say anything ;)

  5. Avatar Pyropunk 51 (PPP LoA)

    same here. will let it tick over in my brain for the hols

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